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April 27, 2015
Your concerns are based in reality. This is just an observation from watching Paul's chair yoga classes in the Southeastern New England area. Most seniors in their 50's, 60's. and 70's can get to the mat easy enough. In some cases decent from the chair to the floor can be tricky. The older seniors in their 80's and 90's have difficulty getting to the floor and getting off the floor. Most don't take the chance.
His oldest student is 101, but she ds not go to the floor. Most students over 80 know about the risks involved in breaking a hip. I wouldn't advise senior students of any age going to the floor, unless they are in exceptionally fit.
The risk of falls to seniors is too serious of a risk. Yoga is a wonderful thing, but young teachers must understand the risks that seniors take decending and ascending from the floor.
If you get a chance, visit Aura Wellness Center for a day or a week. Paul is always happy to help. You will see how Yoga can be designed to work for anyone. Paul is teaching classes in the day to the handicapped and elderly. It is impressive to see that many people with special needs working together to improve their health.
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